Born and having spent most of my life in Kanazawa, I went into the export business for a major high-speed and automatic loom maker, where I worked for 38 years.
When I was a university student in Kyoto, I occasionally worked part time as an English speaking guide. I have guided foreign tourists in Japan especially in my hometown for over 13 years starting soon after my retirement.
I joined Kanazawa Good-will Guide Network in 2000 and had been its coordinator for six years from 2002, currently being its senior adviser.
Furthermore, I organized Kanazawa Home-visit Association in 2003 (HP: http://kanazawahomevisit.jimdo.com/) that has received over 8,000 visitors from overseas, among whom 1,900 enjoyed experiencing Japanese culture in my own home.
In 2012, I established, with my friends, Licensed Interpreter-guide Net Kanazawa (LINK) and currently I am its coordinator.
I am therefore very familiar with historical, cultural and industrial backgrounds of Kanazawa and its surrounding regions.
My hobby is golf and my current official golf handicap is 15.
Tour Guide Services:
Sightseeing tours with explanations of historical and cultural backgrounds of Ishikawa prefecture including Kanazawa city and Noto peninsula, and the surrounding prefectures such as Gifu (with Takayama city and Shirakawa village), Toyama (with Gokayama village) and Fukui (with Eiheiji Zen Temple)
Model Plans in Kanazawa:
Full-day tour (7~8h)
Higashi Chaya (Geisha) District including gold-leaf shops → Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park → 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art → Nagamachi Samurai District → Omicho Market
Half -day tour (4~5h)
Higashi Chaya (Geisha) District including a gold-leaf shop → Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park → Nagamachi Samurai District
Other popular optional spots are also available: Myoryuji (Ninja) Temple, D. T. Suzuki Museum, Oyama Shrine, Kaga Yuzen Traditional Industrial (silk kimono) Center, Nishida Family Garden (Gyokusen-en), Kazuemachi Chaya (Geisha) District, Ohi Pottery Museum, Kutani Porcelain Kiln, etc.
Home-visit (2 hours)
Visit a local home to enjoy talking with the host family over tea and to learn the distinctive Japanese lifestyle firsthand, where you might experience traditional culture such as a tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kimono dressing, calligraphy and paper- folding.
Model Plans of one-day round trips by highway bus from Kanazawa
1. Noto peninsula (world agricultural heritage site with Wajima Morning Market, Wajima Lacquerware Center, Wajima Kiriko (gigantic festival lantern) Art Museum, Senmaida Terraced Rice Fields, Sojiji Zen Temple, Ganmon and Chirihama Beach Driveway), etc.
2. Takayama city (old merchant town), Shirakawa-go and Gokayama villages (world cultural heritage site with thatched-roof farm houses)
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 13 maximum
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We had a wonderful time with Fujio. Travelled with us to Takayama. Great insight into traditional Japan and local architecture and history. He was great with our children.
It was my great pleasure to guide your wonderful family in Kanazawa, Shirakawago and Takayama. I am so glad if I was helpful for you to understand traditional Japan. I hope you had a nice trip to Kyoto today. May our paths cross again.
We only had a day for Kanazawa. We wanted to see the main sights and shop as well. Fugio got us around with precision and efficiency. There is no way we could have done half what we did without Fugio. He was very knowledgeable and able to communicate in English.
Thanks for your review. It was my great pleasure to guide you and your wife in the authentic castle city yesterday. I am so glad that you fully enjoyed the one-day tour with not only seeing the main sights but visiting shops for traditional crafts.
Fujio is patient and kind. We ( myself, my husband and daughter) had a wonderful day exploring Kanazawa with Fujio. He is fluent in English and shared with us not just the history of Kanazawa but also the city’s architecture and culture. We learned so much from him.
Hello Yitpeng, Thank you for your nice preview. I was really impressed with knowledge and curiosity of your family about history, culture and tradition, which enriched the Kanazawa walking tour so much. Enjoy Japan and bon boyage. Fujio
It was perfect for my wishes I could write in advance and it was also possible to change spontaneous when needed that day. I spent a very nice day together with Fujio. Thanks! I recommend Fujio.
Dear Mariann, It was my great pleasure to have guided you in Kanazawa, and many thanks for your comments on the tour. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Best regards, Fujio
Fujio is an absolute delight. We had to change our booking due to travel issues- nothing was too much trouble.. Fujio is very knowledgeable and has superb English. He made our time in Kanazawa perfect. We highly recommend Fujio. We will be back to Kanazawa. We hope to meet Fujio again.